Puerto Rican-American soprano Ana María Martínez is as natural on-stage at the Metropolitan Opera, as she is before a roomful of high school students. Currently singing the lead in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of La Bohème, Ms. Martinez uses her free time to rest and to catch up with old friends–in this case, music students at Chicago’s Lakeview High School.
In her second visit to Lakeview, students were invited to ask questions. She offered them a mix of warmth, hope and realism, with a healthy dose of practical advise (below).
Q. You’ve worked with Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. What did you learn from them?
Q. When did you know you were a great singer?
Q. Who were your biggest influences?
Q. What schools do you recommend?
Q. What are the best warm-up exercises?
Q. You started as a musical theater major. How did you get into opera?
Q. What language has been the toughest to learn for opera?
Ana María Martínez sings the role of Mimi at Lyric Opera of Chicago through February 7th.